SPRAA achieves national skills recognition for the pool and spa industry

Wednesday, 03 November, 2010

The Australian swimming pool and spa aftermarket industry has achieved a major breakthrough to be nationally recognised by an independent skills body.

The recognition follows the recently formed Swimming Pool Retailers Association Australia (SPRAA) being accepted as a member of the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC). CPSISC is one of Australia's 11 Industry Skills Councils established to bring together industry, educators and governments to take united action on skills development and workforce development.

Members of CPSISC include the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers Australia (APESMA) and the Australian Institute of Business Brokers. SPRAA President, Mr Peter Barr, said this is a significant step forward for the swimming pool and spa industry, which is now positioned alongside other skilled industries at a national level.

"This could have only been achieved through the formation of a national body like SPRAA to represent the interests of aftermarket pool and spa retailers," he said.

"Membership of CPSISC puts us on the right path towards developing an apprenticeship scheme for the industry and for providing a career pathway for young people entering the industry."

"Our aim now is to enlist the support of CPSISC to obtain formal recognition of the skills required to work in our industry and the development of a training package."

"A training package is a set of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications for recognising and assessing people's skills."

"If we can obtain a training package then it will significantly enhance the reputation of the industry and support the industry to maintain and improve professional standards."

A national training package for the industry will have the following benefits:

  • National qualifications recognised by industry and Registered Training Organisations;

  • Building the profile of the industry and a greater understanding of the skills and knowledge required;

  • A defined assessment and training pathway for new entrants seeking careers;

  • It can underpin an apprenticeship or traineeships and other publicly funded training;

  • Provide formal, national recognition for people with existing skills;

  • A measure for government to specify levels of competence for people who are involved in delivering services to the public;

  • A means by which consumers can have confidence in the advice being provided

"SPRAA is breaking new ground but in order to keep driving the industry forward we need to attract new members and enlist their support," said Mr Barr.

For more information visit www.spraa.asn.au

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